Exploring Indigo Dyeing and Shibori

by Hillfolk

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Saturday, August 3rd


Join Aaron Head, Southern textile artist, for an exploration of Indigo and Shibori.

Participants will learn basics of dyeing with an organic indigo vat, along with various approaches to shibori dyeing. We will focus on Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) techniques, as well as more experimental techniques. Materials will be provided, and participants are highly encouraged to bring their own small, natural fiber items to dye if time allows. Students will leave with dyed cotton fabric, dyed goods from home, and a handout detailing the dye process.

Detailed Description:

• Learn to dye natural fiber goods in a plant derived indigo vat.

• Learn basics of Itajime (shape resist) and Kumo (twist resist) shibori dyeing, and other shibori


• A yard of cotton will be provided for experimentation.

• Students are highly encouraged to bring small goods to dye. Cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon, ramie) accept the color the best. Vintage linens, pillow cases, dishtowels and clothing are all perfect for this. Prewash in hot water before the workshop.

• Wear old clothing and shoes that can be stained. The dye will splash.

All class participants receive 20% off of any purchase made at Hillfolk the day of workshop.
Instructor Bio:
Aaron Sanders Head is a curator, critic, and visual artist based in Alabama. He has worked for The Arts Company as Gallery Associate, Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment as Gallery Coordinator/Curator, and the Kentuck Museum Association as Artist Liaison. His curatorial work focuses on presenting honest depictions of the complex southern cultural climate through the lens of its artists, while his personal work investigates, restores, and reinterprets historical textile practices, with a focus on natural dyes, hand-mending and hand-stitching.